Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review: How late it was, how late. James Kelman. 

The last book to read of my challenge and it’s a classic Booker prize novel, a little bit unusual and strange and in all honesty – quite hard to read. The book is a stream of consciousness novel written in a … Continue reading

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Review: The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

I’ve been reading this book for months and months, I think I checked it out the library last year, pre Christmas. It got so bad they stopped letting me renew it online so I had to go into the library … Continue reading

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Review: The Sellout – Paul Beatty 

I had planned to read this Man Booker Prize winner last of the list as it’s the most recent winner. However current circumstances meant it’s my 3rd from last read of the winners up to and including 2016!  The circumstances … Continue reading

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Review: Last Orders – Graham Swift 

‘Last Orders’ is the most I’ve enjoyed one of the Booker winners for a while now. It might be in part due to the context in which I read it – the start of a two week tropical holiday with … Continue reading

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Review: Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey

This is a big book, and it’s taken me a long time to read it. As an aside, I often find that big books take a disproportionately long time to read because they’re bigger and heavier to carry around – … Continue reading

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Review: The Bone People – Keri Hulme 

This is a complex book wrapped in Maori myth and unusual characters. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and in fact raced through the first couple of hundred pages on holiday before having to slow … Continue reading

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Review: Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally

I think this book is the first that’s really blown me away of all the Booker winners I’ve read so far. I was (& still am) a bit confused as to why it won the Booker prize for fiction when … Continue reading

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